So. There’s this movie that is getting mad buzz online by critics, bloggers, and parents. While, I absolutely love Disney, I can’t positively promote this movie… The Muppets.
Don’t get me wrong, I loved The Muppets as a child. When I, first, heard there would be a Muppets Movie, I thought Wow! I can’t wait for my kids to see it. They’re going to LOVE it! I was wrong. Way wrong. The reaction to the trailer, heck I’ll be honest here, the reaction to the SIGHT of The Muppets has been none other than a strain on our family when we’re out shopping, or at the movies, even watching TV. When a movie completely interrupts our every day life? To the point where we have to avoid regular activities we enjoy? Well, it’s not going to be a favorite on my list, you know?
Before you say it, in writing this post, I AM promoting the movie, but since I, regularly, promote new releases for families, I didn’t want you to think I was ignoring the fact that there is a new movie coming out Thanksgiving. It is a Disney Movie. It is geared towards families. It is ALL of which I normally post about…
… but not this time.
We, first, watched The Muppets trailer at the movies on a family night out. Going to the movies, as a family of five, is REALLY expensive. So, to say I was upset afterwards would be an understatement.
The Muppets Trailer played. It finished. Then, the movie we were there to watch, started. After about five minutes, I turned to my, then 7-yr-old, and saw she was upset, crying, scared out of her wits. Concerned I asked he what was wrong and she said, “Momma. I need to leave. Those Muppets scared me.”
I convinced her to stay… like I said going to the movies is expensive. I had to do everything in my power not to just, completely, throw away $80 spent on tickets and food, but then she started throwing up. She was so upset she was VOMITING in the movie theater. All of us hurried out of there, alerted staff there would need to be a clean up, and left. That night I talked to her and asked, “Honey, they’re just Muppets. What’s so scary about them?”
“Mom, they look gross, they talk all angry-loud, they’re not fun to look at, and they freak me out.. Even their eyes look crazy. Please don’t make me watch it.“
I get it. We all have something that freaks us out. My Husband is freaked out by the plastic-head Burger King guy. He is kinda freaky looking, now that I take a good look at him. Weird.
I didn’t realize how much this would, directly, affect us until we got closer to opening date. If she sees The Muppets, she has to leave the room. If someone MENTIONS The Muppets she has to leave the room… no Muppets Toys, no Muppets video clips, no Muppets posters.
I think, having gone through an abnormal fear like my daughter’s, has made me realize just how society can be so saturated with movies like this. I mean, The Muppets are everywhere and they’re hard to avoid. It makes regular living for us, at the moment, a little hard.
I can’t explain why she’s scared of them. I can’t understand this fear she’s created in her head, but I CAN love her. I CAN support her. I can honor her wishes to keep her from being around this society driven movie.
What about you? Will you be taking your children to see The Muppets? Better yet, have your children ever had an abnormal fear like my daughter’s (or even my husband’s, lol)?
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